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Soundwave Brisbane 2014:

Missed Alter Bridge (only caught the last half of Blackbird & the last song Rise Today) but the band sounded tight, way better than when I saw them in 2012.

Richie Sambora was good, but he was shown up by Orianthi when it came to guitar playing, he was still great, but not as great as I was expecting. Richie managed to ruin Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil, to the point where I had no idea what the song was until the chorus. He played some Bon Jovi some solo stuff, was a good mix, he nailed the Bon Jovi stuff vocal wise and put Jon to shame really, and Orianthi sung Living On A Prayer which was just epic, her voice suits it. Saying that I was rather happy I got to see Orianthi tear it up live, the first chance i’ve really had to see her since I discovered her music a few years ago.

ImageOrianthi performing with Richie Sambora & his band.

The Living End, amazing as usual. I was pleased by the reception they got from the crowd, since they had been receiving a lot of hate online since they were announced. Was a good set from them, I was disappointed they didn’t take the chance to play Long Live The Weekend, would’ve been a good closer, not that West End Riot wasn’t a good choice, since it was. Also their version of Jailbreak was great. I think that’s three Soundwaves i’ve been to now that a band has covered AC/DC..

ImageThe Living End

Placebo were good, not a fan, but they were decent live. They were pretty non interactive with the crowd though, singer did a bit here & there but for the most they just played their songs and that was it.

A Day To Remember, were alright, they also have some interesting things for the crowd and such like getting someone to crowd surf and then get someone to crowd surf that person like a surfboard. Also sticking the singer in a giant blow up ball and chucking him into the crowd was cool. They also had rolls of dunny paper thrown into the crowd on their last song, hardcore bands I tell ya. They also tried to start a circle pit but failed I think haha.

ImageThe singer of A Day To Remember & his bubble

Alice In Chains, couldn’t hear DuVall’s vocals at all which was annoying to say the least, otherwise they seemed alright. The worst part however was the crowd especially those deciding to share bodily fluids like blood around the front so at that point I left and the fact people were shoving people for the hell of it like they were attempting to start fights..

Jimmy Eat World, they were alright. Don’t listen to them but they were enjoyable for the 20 or so minutes I watched them.

Green Day; they played 29 songs which included half of Dookie and about the same of American Idiot. They only played for 2 & a half hours so they left the stage at something like 9:35 so that was a kick in the teeth if you ask me since they could’ve played for the other 25 minutes. But you get that, they were good though saying that. They also haven’t changed the structure of their live show over the last 10 years, which isn’t a surprise but I didn’t really expect it to be same sorta thing. Though the t-shirt cannon was rad 😛 never seen a shirt launched 60+ metres in the air and about as far out haha. Also a few audience members got to participate in songs whether it was singing or like the chick who got to play Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover) and then got to keep the guitar (which looked like a Fender Telecaster) that was cool.

ImageTwo bands I wanted to see most I didn’t get to see that being Alter Bridge & Newsted (since they had last minute cancellation but oh well) I also wanted to see Bowling For Soup but I got lazy and decided not to, I probably should’ve gone, I tried to locate the signing tent to go meet them but I ran into my mates and got chatting with them instead lol.

It was no Soundwave 2013 or 2012.. I don’t think anything will top those two for me again unless Metallica headline again or Slipknot/Stone Sour play again..

I hope AJ follows through and ends up having Soundwave made into a 2 day festival in the near future.

So over all I had a good day, even my 12 dollar burger was edible, tasty and actually filling! and I would gladly do it all again next week if I could.

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The House of Gold & Bones, the 2 part concept album saga from Des Moines, Iowa heavy rock/metal band Stone Sour, which is fronted by none other than Slipknot main man, Corey motherfucking Taylor! Along with Jim Root who plays alongside Corey in Slipknot. The rest of the band is made up of Josh Rand (guitar), Roy Mayorga (drums) & Johnny Chow on bass, he also sports a fantastic beard, like ZZ Top quality.

House of Gold & Bones is as I said a two part concept album, which Corey had written the story to previously which is being released in comic book form as well! It’s Stone Sours 4th album since they got back together in 2003, and I must say it’s a sign they’re only maturing and becoming stronger as a band, musicians and song writers, which is always great about your favourite band if you ask me.

Part 1 of the 2 part album is 11 tracks which are as follows:

HOGAB11. ‘Gone Sovereign’
2. ‘Absolute Zero’
3. ‘A Rumor of Skin’
4. ‘The Travellers Part 1′
5. ‘Tired’
6. ‘RU486′
7. ‘My Name Is Allen’
8. ‘Taciturn’
9. ‘Influence of a Drowsy God’
10. ‘The Travellers Part 2′
11. ‘Last of the Real’

The album has a great mix of soft and heavy songs which just work and flow in to each other which is how a concept album is meant to work whilst telling the story of the main character, whose name is Allen. I always have loved concept albums, my all time favourite and first run in with them was probably the most famous one, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, so famous and well composed they even made it into an amazing movie starring Bob Geldof as the main character, Pink.

I’m going to say it now this album is extremely special to me, it is the reason why I know my best friend Kat, if it wasn’t for it I would never have met her. So this album holds a dear place in my heart, which is why I now rank it as my top album of 2012 along with Apocalyptic Love by Slash with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.

I remember when I first got the album back in October, I wasn’t overly fussed with it, but I had a lot of my plate then so I was finding it hard to get into a new album, even though I loved what I had heard before it came out. I sort of had 2 or 3 listens then put it on the back burner and just listened to my favourite songs being, Tired, Absolute Zero, Gone Sovereign and RU486. It wasn’t until I got talking to Kat and had a few more listens to it when I was more myself that I realised how amazing this album actually was and how much I loved it, since then I have clocked over 105 listens to the album. It was the only album I listened to two days straight almost after seeing Stone Sour at Soundwave this year.

It starts out right in your face with Gone Sovereign and flows into another heavy fast paced song that being Absolute Zero, which is punchy and makes you want to get up and just mosh. The songs that follow the two opening tracks are Rumor of Skin which is heavy and a fun live track whilst The Travellers Part 1 is a softer song, very calming.

Tired; my favourite song from the album and Stone Sour song in times gone by. It has such an amazing opening guitar riff. The vocals are amazing, it’s punchy but not overly heavy. I think that is made possible by the string assortment used in the song.

RU486 another favourite of mine, extremely heavy fast paced with aggressive vocals. The what seems to be gang vocals in the chorus is awesome, it adds a whole other level to the song.

My Name is Allen, this is where were finally find out our characters name, surprise surprise it’s Allen! It’s a midrange Stone Sour song, not too heavy not too soft, just right in the middle. Corey has great melody on his voice, but when doesn’t he?!

Taciturn, is a soft song, with acoustic guitar. It’s slow and mellow it’s a nice change and breaks the album up a bit where needed. Influence of a Drowsy God, starts out with a piano riff, then gets punchy with the instruments coming in all of a sudden with the vocals. It’s another mid field in terms of heavy and soft. They seem to be some of the best songs Stone Sour do.

The Travellers Part 2 a continuation of part 1, it starts out heavier than the first but just as awesome, I reckon! It soon smooths out into a more mellow song which then continues into the last song on the album The Last of the Real which is a heavy song, possibly one of the heaviest in terms of Corey’s vocals, they’re angry. He’s angry, the lyrics are angry, it works.

Over all it is a phenomenal album, I love it so much. It means the world to me since it is the reason why I know one of the kindest and most sweetest young ladies around.

It’s a great album, I suggest it for anyone who likes Stone Sour, part 2 will be coming in the coming days I hope.

2012 was a great year for music, especially for the bands that defined the genres of music they helped shape. So here’s my top 10 albums of 2012!

10. ¡Uno! – Green Day.
¡Uno! Now most of my friends know I use to be a massive Green Day fan, I eventually grew out of them in a sense, especially when 21st Century Breakdown was released, I did not like that album one little. I learnt not too long before the release of ¡Uno! that Green Day was doing a 3 album release this year, so I thought I’d check it out, thinking it might bring me back as a fan. For their modern sound it’s pretty good, it’s definitely my choice out of the three releases from them. It’s earned it’s place at number 10 on my list.

 

9. Music From Another Dimension! – Aerosmith
Music From Another Dimension Aerosmith, they have been a staple band to Rock N’ Roll since 1970, they have released some classic songs like Walk This Way, Dream On & Sweet Emotion. They’re back with their 15th album, which is mile ahead of their previous releases. In my opinion, their best since Permanent Vacation. I was cautious with this release given they were once again working with outside writers. I was quite impressed with what they released, especially after hearing the first single Legendary Child. It’s a solid release from a band who should never had a crap release in the first place.

 
8. A Different Kind Of Truth – Van Halen
A Different Kind Of Truth Van Halen’s first studio effort in close to 15 years and their first in over 20 with David Lee Roth! It was great to see DLR back at the front of Van Halen, after all it’s what made Van Halen, Van Halen apart from Eddie’s guitar playing, was Dave’s voice & showmanship. I was glad they released this album, since it has possibly one of my favourite rock songs of all times on it, Blood and Fire. It proved even without Michael Anthony on backing vocals & bass the band could still power on. I also think that Wolfgang Van Halen, is quite an acceptable replacement, that kid can play bass like no one’s business!

 
7. House Of Gold & Bones Part 1 – Stone Sour
House of Gold & Bones Part 1Stone Sour, i’ve loved this band since their self titled release in 2003. What wasn’t to love from that release, it was heavy & angry. It appealed to the teenager in me! Also it had swearing, I liked swearing. This is Stone Sours 4th studio release and is part of a 2 album release. It’s a concept album, no doubt about that, it tells a story. I’m pretty impressed with it, I’ve listened to it a lot of often than I did with Audio Secrecy, which is weird considering I loved Audio Secrecy. As much as the band changes from release to release, they still seem to keep some of that original charm that made me love them.

 
6. Last Of A Dyin’ Breed – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Last Of A Dyin' BreedLynyrd Skynyrd, one of the few bands to lose a lead singer and manage to carry on and keep building a fan base. I’ve not been the biggest Skynyrd fan, I do like their staple songs, Tuesday’s Gone, Freebird, Sweet Home Alabama etc.. But this album really struck a note with me. From hearing the title track of the album I was hooked. I didn’t think Skynyrd would be a band I would ever get into properly, but weirder things have happened with me & my taste in music. As I said up there, 2012 is for sure the year for those who helped define & shaped Rock N’ Roll & their respective genres.

 
5. La Futura – ZZ Top
La FuturaThe little band from Texas as they’re sometimes referred to. Billy & Dusty both look like they could be part of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang with those beards. I was really impressed with this album, it was more of the ZZ Top I know than what they have put out in the past, spanning from new wave to dance rock (KISS anyone?) but this time it’s more the blues/rock groove of where they started. It’s definitely one of my more favourite releases from ZZ Top and of bands this year.

 
 
4. Clockwork Angels – RUSH
Clockwork AngelsThey were a band I only started listening to in the last few years, it’s something I sorely regret, since this trio can not put out a dud album. With Geddy Lee’s vocals & amazing bass skills, Neil Pearts drumming & song writing & Alex Lifeson’s guitar playing it’s a recipe for success. Clockwork Angels is the bands 19th release.. As usual they nail the whole concept album and telling a story. It also features in a few songs a full string section, which compliments the songs rather nicely. I would never have thought at the start of the year I would be placing this album so high up, but I have.

 
3. spook & Destroy EP – Wednesday 13
Spook & Destroy EPI know, I know it’s an EP (extended play) but I had to mention it, it’s a great 8 track EP by Wednesday, even if 3 are old songs redone and 3 are remixes with 2 brand new songs! It’s Wednesday 13, I don’t care i’ve supported his solo career where ever possible. I own all his solo releases, I don’t pirate his work, I attend his shows where I can, I also buy his merch! The two new songs remind of Wednesday 13 (yes I am still sour about Skeletons because it was too personal) Halloween 13-13 has a great tune to it, for some reason I just really like it.

 
 
2. All I Was – Tremonti
TremontiMark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and sadly of Creed fame more so. He’s a phenomenal guitarist and to a lesser degree song writer, though he’s still pretty good at that. I wasn’t sure what to make of this project of his, but I thought i’d check it out anyway and for a debut album it’s solid. I hope he puts out more badass metal tunes like this. Also he has a pretty damn good singing voice. It wasn’t until recently I noticed he shared vocal duties on “Words Darker Than Their Wings” with Myles on ABIII.5. Over all it’s a great album and well worthy of my #2 spot. But I kind of have a soft spot for Mark and his work especially with Alter Bridge.
 
1. Apocalyptic Love – Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Apocalyptic LoveTo anyone that knows me this should not be a surprise, given my love I have for this album, Slash & Myles Kennedy. It’s just the greatest rock album of the last 15 years or there abouts, maybe longer. I know a lot of people hate this album and call Slash a sell out for it, I don’t understand why. It’s a Rock N’ Roll album, it’s Slash, one of the more dedicated and better guitar players out there still doing what he loves. Slash has already stated he’s working on his next release with his current line up. I can’t wait for it, if it’s half as good as Apocalyptic Love then it will be awesome. it has also some great songs like Bad Rain, Apocalyptic Love, One Last Thrill & Anastasia (a real personal favourite)

Looking back whilst there were not many releases I got this year, there were still some amazing releases! Notably those I mentioned here. Even if most were from bands & artists before my time, it goes to show they haven’t gone out of style/lost it with old age.

This is my last post for 2012, see you all in the new year or something to that effect!